The wife of a policeman captured by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a roadblock in Bukidnon Province April 3 has appealed to Presidential frontrunner Rody Duterte to help secure the release of her insulin-dependent husband, SPO1 Warren Coñales.
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In a letter to Duterte sent through the Facebook page MannyPiñol, Annali A. Coñales said her husband who has been held hostage for 12 days now needs “medical help as soon as possible” because he has to be given insulin injections for his diabetes.
Here is Annali A. Coñales’ letter for Duterte:
“Greetings of Peace and Prosperity!
“I am Annali A. Coñales, the wife of SPO1 Warren Coñales who was captured by the New Peoples Army last April 3, 2016 at Capitan Bayong, Impasugong, Bukidnon. My husband is an insulin dependent and should seek medical help as soon as possible.
“It has been 11 days since my husband was captured, and I am looking for all possible ways for his freedom. The release of my husband is on negotiating process with the third party Coordinator of PEPP represented by Bishop Felixberto Calang, in view hereof may I humbly ask for your kind heart to help me in this situation. I trust and believe that his freedom lies in your good hands.
“Thank you very much and appealing for your kind favor in behalf of my children and family.”
Coñales, assigned in Impasugong town in Bukidnon, was one of the two soldiers and four policemen in separate incidents in Bukidnon and Agusan del Norte on Sunday, April 3.
The soldiers as Pfcs. Glen Austria and Devin Tawide, both members of the 23rd Infantry Battalion, were abducted at 6 a.m. along the road in Bgy. Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.
Aside from Coñales, the NPAs also abdcuted retired PO2 Orlando Magamay, SPO4 Rene Rombo, assigned at Kinoguitan Police Station in Misamis Oriental; and PO3 Edwin Castor.
Duterte has been instrumental in securing the release of soldiers, policemen and other government men abducted by the NPAs.
In many instances, he personally went to the rebel camps to fetch the hostages and turned them over to their families.
Duterte has previously declared that he would resume the peace talks with the Communist group to end the 46-year insurgency which has killed hundreds and stunted the growth of the countryside.
The letter of Annali Coñales has been forwarded to Christopher Lawrence Go, executive assistant of Duterte who is now campaigning in Luzon.